TCWN e-Newsletter 30- July 29, 2002 Inside this Issue!

1. Announcing: Tennessee Clean Water Network's 5th Annual Conference:
Registration Deadline is only ONE MONTH AWAY!
2. Notice and Public Hearings - Come and discuss the state's listing of impaired waters and attend local watershed assessment meetings! Very important
3. EPA's Adopt Your Watershed Campaign
4. Opportunity - Celebrate the Clean Water Act's 30th Birthday - Encourage Your Community To Sign the Clean Water Proclamation
5. Event - National Water Monitoring Day
6. Resource: Activist Handbook on Organizing Against Factory Farms
7. Action Alert - Help Protect the Obed Wild and Scenic River!
8. Update on oil spill and fire at Obed Wild and Scenic River
9. Resource: "Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches"
10. Action Alert - Area Groups Seek Support to Stop Surface Mining in Cumberland County,
Tuesday August 6... From Don Clark with SOCM..
11. Participate in River Education: Introducing River Smart 12. Permits Under Consideration by State


1. Announcing: Tennessee Clean Water Networks: 5th Annual Conference Registration Deadline is only ONE MONTH AWAY!

>From the Source: Protecting Drinking Water in Tennessee
September 20-21, 2002 at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee

(Participants may join us for Friday only, Saturday only, or both days - YOUR CHOICE!)
Friday: The conference will feature speakers on a variety of topics addressing drinking water quality and opportunities to protect drinking water in Tennessee. Our speakers will include experts from government, national nongovernmental organizations, and water utilities. Topics will include: will the Tennessee's Source Water Assessment Program, protection of groundwater quality and quantity, how activities in the watershed affect all of our drinking water sources, the link between water contamination and health impacts, how the Clean Water Act can be used to strengthen drinking water protection, and environmental justice concerns. We will also highlight specific case studies of drinking water contamination in Tennessee. We will close the day with a panel discussion. Friday evening, there will be a benefit concert for TCWN featuring bluegrass and folk music from regional musicians.

Saturday: This day, designed specially for watershed associations, will begin with two tracks of workshops including the following topics: Understanding the Consumer Confidence Reports and Making Them Useful in Your Community, Raising Awareness About Drinking Water Through the River Networks' River Smart Campaign, Forming New Watershed Organizations, Bench marking: Sustaining New Organizations, Working With Non-traditional Allies in Your Watershed. Harpeth River field trips in the afternoon will involve watershed surveying by participants from land and canoe.

For a full registration form and agenda, please email May Sligh at [email protected]

2. Notice and Public Hearings - Come and discuss the states listing of impaired waters and attend local watershed assessment meetings! Very important

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Water Pollution Control, has issued a draft version of the prioritized list on the surface waters not fully supporting designated uses due to
the violation of narrative and/or numeric water quality standards. The
contents and prioritization of the 303(d) List are subject to review by the public. The 303(d) List may be downloaded from the Departments home page at

Several public meetings have been scheduled throughout the state concerning this matter and are listed on the following page. A schedule of public meetings will also be posted on the TED web site. For further information contact [email protected] or write to the above address. All written comments must be received by September 1, 2002.

Public Meeting Schedule
* Meetings with star next to them are also Group I watershed assessments. The first five-year watershed management cycle is complete for Group 1 Watersheds listed below. Meeting dates for the summer of 2002 have been set to discuss watershed specific plans, which can be viewed and downloaded at:

August 5, 2002
3rd Floor Courtroom
Benson County Courthouse, Benson
7:00 pm

August 8, 2002
Auditorium, Flaming Training Center
2022 Blanton Avenue, Murfreesboro
7:00 pm

August 12, 2002
Kingston Community Center
201 Paten Ferry Road, Kingston
7:00 pm

August 13, 2002
Sycamore Shoals State Park
1651 West Elk Avenue, Elizabethan
7:00 pm

August 19, 2002
Energy Authority Training Center
604b South Royal, Jackson
5:00 pm

August 20, 2002
Memphis EACH
Suite E-645 Perimeter Park
2510 Mount Moorish Road, Memphis
7:00 pm

August 22, 2002
Ruth Nee Conference Room
17st Floor, L & C Tower
401 Church Street, Nashville
1:00 pm

August 22, 2002
Auditorium, Room 128
Penny Baker Hall
Tennessee Tech Campus, Cookeville
7:00 pm

August 27, 2002
Auditorium, William son County Administrative Complex
100 West Main Street, Franklin
7:00 pm

August 29, 2002
Moorage County Courthouse
South Kingston and Main Streets, Wart burg
7:00 pm

September 3,
Goons Building Auditorium
Pellissippi Parkway, Knoxville
7:00 pm

King sport
September 4,
Conference Room, King sport Public Library 400
Broad Street, King sport
2:00 pm

(afternoon and evening)
September 5, 2002
1st Floor Conference Room
State Office Building
540 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga
2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

3. EPA's Adopt Your Watershed Campaign
To encourage stewardship of the nation's water resources, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is leading an "Adopt Your Watershed" campaign. Through this effort, EPA challenges citizens and organizations to join us and others who are working to protect and restore our valuable rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes, ground water, and estuaries. By visiting this on-line database,, you can learn about opportunities to get involved in activities in your community, such as monitoring, cleanups, and restoration projects. As of April 2002, the database contains 3500 groups that you might want to join. If you are already registered, you can now go on-line and update your information!

4. Opportunity - Celebrate the Clean Water Act's 30th Birthday - Encourage Your Community To Sign the Clean Water Proclamation!

Looking for a way to involve your community - and particularly your local decision makers - in clean water issues? Are you trying to raise the visibility of your organization? Do you want to be heard?

The national Clean Water Network has launched its "City Clean Water Proclamation Campaign" and the Tennessee Clean Water Network is here to help you do it! The campaign empowers your organization, your community and your local government to use the Clean Water Act to protect your precious waters and to revitalize them as you rejuvenate your neighborhood.

The goal of the Network's campaign is to get 100 cities nationwide to take a public stand for clean water by signing on to a clean water proclamation, and making specific commitments to achieve clean water. The proclamation puts your city or local government on record as supporting clean water. It also gives your organization a positive, proactive opportunity to work with your local government to recommit to the Clean Water Act on its 30th anniversary. Click here for more

5. Event - National Water Monitoring Day

Date: October 18, 2002
Location: All across the United States
Contact: [email protected]

Download a NWMD Press Release and Other Press Materials!!! National Water Monitoring Day

Citizen monitors, established volunteer monitoring organizations, federal, state, Tribal and local monitoring staff are invited to participate in National Water Monitoring Day on October 18, 2002. Citizen monitors including families, classrooms, civic organizations and service clubs can participate and sample for a core set of water quality parameters (Temperature, pH, Water Clarity, Dissolved Oxygen) using an inexpensive National Water Monitoring Day test kit available through this web site. Established volunteer monitoring organizations and government monitors may use their existing protocols, equipment, and monitoring methods. Use of the test kit described below is not a requirement for participation in this event

Register Monitoring Sites
Participants will need to register their monitoring location before October 18th by clicking on the "Register Site" link on this page. Participants will use this same link to enter their data after completing their testing. Data will be available on the web site and will be used to issue a report summarizing the event and its findings, and celebrating the role and accomplishments of the participants.

National Water Monitoring Day Test Kit
A National Water Monitoring Day test kit is available for purchase at a cost of $16.75 per kit (including shipping & handling). Payment may be made by either Visa or Master Card. Charges will be billed from lame Company, the manufacturer of the test kit. This kit was specifically chosen for its simplicity and safety for first time monitors. You can order the kits at:

6. Resource: Activist Handbook on Organizing Against Factory Farms

The GRACE Factory Farm Project has recently released a new activist handbook on organizing against factory farms - The GRACE Factory Farm Project Guide to Confronting a CFO. It is a step-by-step 'how to' manual for anyone interested in taking action against a CFO. Included are tips on the type of information to gather, where to find it, and what to do once all the relevant information has been obtained. The guide also contains suggestions on organizing and working with the media, as well as an extensive appendix.

You can find the Guide to Confronting a CFO online at GRACE is also offering it free on CD-ROM and in printed form to any water; outreach and publicity in support of existing volunteer monitoring efforts; and, enhanced partnerships among volunteers and professionals interested in, and working on, water related issues at the watershed, State, and national levels. Please copy and share the guide, or have any interested party call (212) 726-9161 or email [email protected] for a printed version.

7. Action Alert - Help Protect the Obed Wild and Scenic River!

>From Lianne Russell with Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning:
As you all know, Rep. Zach Wamp included $1.5 million for Obed land acquisition in the Interior Appropriations bill. The Senate bill, however, does not include this item. It is important for us to make sure the House language remains intact in the conference version of the bill.


Sample Letter:
Senator Fred Thompson
United States Senate
511 Darkness Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Thompson

Our Congressman, Zach Wamp, has managed to include a $1.5 million item for land acquisition along the Obed National Wild and Scenic River (WSR) in the House Appropriations Bill, and we are deeply grateful to him. Unfortunately, no such item is included in the Senate bill, and we would like to urge you to do all you can to protect the House language during the upcoming conference.

The Obed WSR, authorized in 1976, is Tennessee's only Wild Scenic River, one of only a small handful in the entire Southeast, and the only one administered by the National Park Service. The main river and its major tributaries have cut deep, wild gorges into the sandstone of the Cumberland Plateau, and the rivers, a succession of rapids and pools, are beloved by white water enthusiasts nationwide. The state has classified the rivers as "Outstanding National Resource Waters." Congressman Wamp has publicly referred to the Bed WAR as "an incredible asset."

The authorized boundary includes the river gorge plus a narrow strip above the top of the bluff line, altogether less than 5000 acres. Although 26 years have passed since the Obed WSR was authorized, only about two thirds of the land has been protected through government acquisition of fee title or easement. In the meantime, land costs have greatly escalated, and threats of adverse development are growing constantly. The $1.5 million in the House Appropriations Bill is sufficient for the National Park Service to at long last acquire virtually all the remaining land.

TCWP members (and many thousands of others) should be most grateful if you would contact the Senate conferees, and especially Senators Bird and Burns, urging them to retain the House language with regard to the $1.5 million Obed WSR land acquisition.

Sincerely yours,
Liana B. Russell, for the TCWP Board
To contact Senator Thompson: email [email protected]

To contact Senator First go to the following web site:

8. Update on oil spill and fire at Obed Wild and Scenic River from Cindy Kendrick of Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (we have edited portions of this wonderful report because of space

On Saturday, July 27, I had the great privilege of accompanying Obed Rangers Robert Turan and Kim Williams on an inspection of the closed
Barnett- to-Jett section of Clear Creek. An aerial survey had been conducted Friday, but this was the first on-the-water observation since the disastrous oil well leak and fire that began on July 19/20. Since you all treasure Clear Creek as one of the most gorgeous natural rivers in the region, I thought you might like to know what we found.

We carried boats and equipment past clean-up crews to the end of the Barnett trail, which had been heavily used in the past week to get pumps and tankers down to the pool to suck out the accumulated oil. We put in (NPS duckies) just below the last boom below Barnett Bridge. The fuel odor was strong, and oil was still abundant on the water's surface. The boom was stopping much of the oil, but a considerable amount was still passing through. Mustard-brown, gelatinous crud, which they explained was paraffin from the oil, accumulated along the banks and in still water. The creek was as murky as I've ever seen it, with a high sediment load from the disturbed areas. We avoided stepping into the malodorous brew as we launched.

The put-in experience contrasted sharply with one only a month earlier, on May 27. Daniel Freeman, Jimmy Groton, Patrick Martin and I had launched from Barnett into a pristine creek. The scents were fresh and earthy, just after a spring thunderstorm. The notable exception that day was registered not far downstream from Barnett, from the direction of river-right. We all noticed a kerosene-type odor and wondered what the source could possibly be. After the events of last week and the realization that many oil wells pierce nearby land, we now have more cause to wonder.

>From talking with several people who have worked directly at the
incident scene and at Barnett in various capacities, I am convinced that the largest remaining vulnerability is from the oil-saturated soil around the well site (including oil retention pits) and between the well site and the creeks. I'm told that, until the heavy rains of mid-week extinguished it, a candle-like flame continued to burn where oil seeped out of the banks and met air. The creeks were probably better off while the flame burned. Until that secondary source is eliminated, the waters and denizens of White's Creek and Clear Creek remain in peril. The worst damage could be yet to come, as the oil flushes out and sediment continues to erode into the waters. No doubt the current cleanup effort is trying to address these problems.

We need to ensure that our concerns are heard by the people who must commit resources to and oversee the cleanup. If you treasure the Obed system, please take a few minutes to insist on the speedy and complete restoration of Whites Creek and Clear Creek to pristine conditions. Here are some of those people:

Also, try to attend the Emory/Obed public meeting, where TDEC will present watershed-specific plans. The meeting is on August 29, at 7:00 pm, EDT, at the Morgan County Courthouse, South Kingston at Main Street, in Wartburg, TN.

State of Tennessee
Governor Don Sundquist
(615) 741-2001, 1st Floor, State Capitol, Nashville, TN 37243 [email protected]

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Milton H. Hamilton, Jr., Commissioner 21st Floor, L&C Tower 401 Church Street Nashville, TN 37243 1-888-891-TDEC

TDEC - Division of Geology (Oil and gas wells are regulated by this Division)
Ron Zurawski, Director
401 Church Street
13th Floor, L & C Tower
Nashville, TN 37243-0445
(615) 532-1500

TDEC - Division of Water Pollution Control
Paul E. Davis, Director
6th Floor, L&C Annex
401 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1534

US EPA, Region 4
J. I. Palmer, Jr., Regional Administrator
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
[email protected]

9. Resource: "Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches"

Nordic's 12th annual beach report released yesterday found that there were 19 percent more closures and advisories in 2001 than in the previous year. The guide reports there were at least 13,410 closures and advisories at ocean and freshwater beaches in 2001, compared to at least 11,270 in 2000.

Sewage discharges and storm water runoff are the two largest identified sources of contamination at our nation's beaches. The annual trend of increasing closures and advisories is partly due to the fact that more municipalities are monitoring their beaches regularly. Increased monitoring offers a more comprehensive picture of the health of our nation's beaches, and it's not pretty: Pollution from sewage spills and urban runoff continues to contaminate many of our beaches with disease causing bacteria and other pathogens. High bacteria levels, indicating the presence of human or animal waste, prompted 87 percent of the closures and advisories in 2001.

One of the report's most disturbing findings is that local authorities admit that they don't know the sources of pollution causing or contributing to more than half of the closures and advisories issued.

To access press materials, an executive summary, and a copy of the full report, go to:

10. Action Alert - Area Groups Seek Support to Stop Surface Mining in Cumberland County, Tuesday August 6... From Don Clark with SOCM..

The Cumberland County Chapter of Save Our Cumberland Mountains (SOCM), among other groups, is seeking citizen support at the Informal Conference on the Cumberland Coal Company's Surface Mining Renewal Application. What amounts to a public hearing will be conducted by the US Dept. of Interior Office of Surface Mining at the Cumberland County Courthouse at 7 PM CST on Tuesday, August 6.

A Press Conference will take place at 6:30 PM. In the Small Courtroom. A few victims of the coal mine blasting will report and show pictures.

At the Informal Conference, at least 20 neighbors of the mine and area residents will present short testimony documenting several reasons why the renewal should be denied. Environmental and conservation groups have also asked to present testimony and written statements. Others can sign up to speak at the event for probably not more than 3 minutes.

Submitting supportive written statements or letters and being present will demonstrate citizen involvement and concern which is needed for
regulatory action. You can send written comments to Concerned Citizens
of the Hebbertsburg Community c/o General Delivery Highway 70, Crab Orchard TN 37723. You may also email them to [email protected] or
fax them to (931) 277-5593 Call (931) 484-2203 for further

11. Participate in River Education: Introducing River Smart

River Smart is a national public education campaign designed to show people how simple changes in their everyday activities can help our nation's rivers. The goal of River Smart is to make lasting changes to improve our rivers and drinking water supply. To review the entire campaign log onto:

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is coordinating the efforts of organizations, agencies, and others across the state to get the River
Smart message out to the public. If you sign up to receive River Smart
materials, you will receive a packet complete with logos, public service announcements, fact sheets, and much more. We are hoping that everyone can participate and get the word out about how everyone can protect water resources. In addition to the River Smart packets, TCWN will be putting together simple fact sheets on information about Tennessee's water quality and Tennessee specific information to help people understand what is going on locally.

If you wish to participate in this campaign, please call us at TCWN, 865-522-7007, if you have any questions or simply want to brainstorm about how to get these important issues into your local watershed.

12. Permit under Consideration by State

Public Participation Opportunity
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Water Pollution Control Notice Requesting Public Comments on Draft Permits Monday, July 22, 2002 Public Notice Number: MMII-014 Public Notice Expiration Date: August 26, 2002 The purpose of this notice is to advise the public of the following draft environmental permits and to solicit comments and information necessary to evaluate the potential impact of the proposed activities on human health and the environment.

Individual NPDES Permits
Proposed Reissuances
Applicant Name Smithville STP
Permit number TN0065358 Permit Writer Initials SEF EAC Name Cookeville Major Discharger Yes Location Evins Mill Road, Smithville, TN 37166 County De Kalb City Smithville Zip 37166 Description of Treatment of domestic sewage Effluent Description treated domestic wastewater from Outfall 001 Receiving stream Fall Creek at mile 4.7 Facility Latitude: 35.944444 Facility Longitude: -85.777777

To Obtain Permit Details:
Draft permits or decisions regarding applications submitted to TDEC may be available electronically on the TDEC Internet site: Copies of the
application(s) and draft permit(s) are also available for public inspection by contacting TDEC at [email protected], by calling 1-888-891-TDEC (8332), or by visiting following locations during normal business hours:

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